Police seek dad in rape of 10-year-old
TV stations add to little girl's problems
The news departments of two San Antonio (English-language) TV stations - KSAT 12 and WOAI 4 - covered the story poorly in that both showed full pictures of the house where the alleged victim lives, insuring that everyone in her neighborhood will have no doubt about the identity of the 10-year-old. IDs of sexual abuse victims are rightfully expected to be shielded, and especially those of children who are victimized. To its credit, KENS 5 covered the story without showing enough of the house (in the 1200 block of Alexander Hamilton) to make it recognizable.
PGA Tour tax district hits snag A proposal creating a special taxing district in North Bexar County to raise money for a PGA Tour golf resort hit a major stumbling block Sunday night and could die today unless lawmakers work out a compromise.
Deadline approaching for Texas school compromise Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst set Monday or Tuesday as his "drop-dead date" to produce an agreement before the session ends May 30.
Bill would let Texans get Rx from Canada The state would help citizens buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and would inspect some Canadian pharmacies for safety under legislation tentatively approved Sunday by the Texas House.
I'll leave this onsite a couple more days
I am now AccuWeather's
most-dedicated critic in Texas
AccuWeather trying to cut off public info (SEE S.786 BELOW) Several private weather forecasting businesses have persuaded Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) to propose gagging the National Weather Service, prohibiting public dissemination of taxpayer-funded weather information, in order to eliminate competition for for-profit private services.
We put calls in Friday to Sen. K.B. Hutchison, who is on the committee, and await a reply.
|Ten-Foot Poll on Weather---RESULT
|posted 930a Fri 5/20 - 730p Sun 5/22/2005|
AccuWeather proposes to eliminate competition by prohibiting NOAA from making weather information available at no charge.
|NOAA weather should be free on the internet||
|Should not be free||
|Save tax money and close down NOAA
|Accuweather, kiss my grits||
Total votes 1311-
full text, click S.786, then fill in S786, click "Enter Bill Number" and
the text will come up
WHAT IT SAYS, EXACTLY
(b) COMPETITION WITH PRIVATE SECTOR- The Secretary of Commerce shall not provide, or assist other entities in providing, a product or service (other than a product or service described in subsection (a)(1)) that is or could be provided by the private sector unless--
(1) the Secretary determines that the private sector is unwilling or unable to provide such product or service; or
(2) the United States Government is obligated to provide such product or service under international aviation agreements to provide meteorological services and exchange meteorological information.
add 2:05p Mon 5/23/2005
Weather service needs to get back on track
Michael Smith - Special to the Star-Telegram
(see story from Star below"Raining On Our Parade" with other viewpoint)
"Taxpayers pay for collection of the weather data and shouldn't have
to go through a private provider to make use of it," said a May 4
Star-Telegram editorial. I agree. That is why the public
should support a bill by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., to
force the National Weather Service for the first time to immediately release
100 percent of its data. The NWS does not release all of its data now,
and the agency takes the position that it does not have to do so.
add 2:29p Mon 5/23/2005
OTHER STORIES while I'm at it...
Storm Brewing Over Weather
Wilmington Morning Star
Today's forecast? We won't tell
Bill aims to limit weather service
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Raining on our parade
Newhouse News Service
A stormy forecast for the National Weather Service?
GOOD, BALANCED STORY
imperfect storm Cut through this fog and you'll see that Mr.
Santorum wants to limit the information the National
Weather Service can provide the public. ...
to consider privatizing forecast industry Santorum's office told the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette that the bill is a job-saving initiative
for employees of fourteen private weather service companies
in his home state, including AccuWeather, which provides
weather information to media organizations.
Phone companies win Texas TV fight House says SBC, Verizon can bypass local deals, compete with cable firms to offer programming. Senate Bill 408 will allow SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to get a single statewide franchise for their planned Internet-based television service, instead of the myriad local agreements that cable companies have. "It will allow for the first time for Texas to have competition" for cable TV, said Rep. Phil King, the sponsor of the television provisions.
Cable, phone companies duke it out for customers To see how nasty things are getting between phone and cable companies, consider the street fight raging in New Jersey.
SBC, which plans to buy AT&T, and Verizon, which has a deal to buy MCI, are furiously building fiber-optic networks. Once they're done, SBC and Verizon say, they'll be able to deliver a circus of voice, high-speed data and hyper-advanced video products directly to homes. The Bells won't start launching new TV services until later this year.
Family says Army 'let down' Tillman The parents of the former NFL player says investigations into friendly-fire death were a sham.
Cpl. Tillman's mom: "The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting."
Leaving Army not easy decision, but increasingly common "Anyone you know who has experience in the outside world knows the service is a good deal,” says Spc. Michael Aubee, a 37-year-old missile technician with the 1st Armored Division’s 47th Forward Support Battalion. “It’s an easy job with tons of benefits.” And yet Aubee has joined a growing number of soldiers and officers who are opting to leave the Army.
For Arab press, Hussein photos reinforce view of US For many Arabs, leaked pictures show that '...if a person is behind US-controlled bars, then anything can happen to him.'
N.Y. audit shows sex offenders get Viagra
Prof calls the religious "moral retards" The Brooklyn College professor was elected to head his department this month - sparking a campus uproar.
Scientists say sunshine may prevent cancer the evidence this time is strong and keeps growing. If it bears out, it will challenge one of medicine's most fundamental beliefs: that people need to coat themselves with sunscreen whenever they're in the sun.
Unemployed Germans offered brothel discounts
Mexican cop arrests 1-year-old
Boy trapped inside Wal-mart toy machine